One in ten Canadians suffer from depression in their lifetime. Health research is often done without the input of patients and families who live with depression, people who care for those with depression, and health care professionals/clinicians who treat depression.

The Alberta Depression Research Priority Setting Project is a collaboration between the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Patient Engagement Platform, the Addictions and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network and the Canadian Depression Research Intervention Network.

This multi-stage project includes a survey, literature review to eliminate what has already been studied in depression research, data analysis and priority setting for topics in depression research.

The key outcome of this project is that priorities – identified by persons with lived experience of depression – are implemented and acted upon as research questions by researchers and funders.

The names of the Steering Committee members can be found here.

Stage 1: survey (complete)

The survey asked patients and clinicians for their input on what they think is missing or unknown in depression research. By completing the survey, participants provided valuable information that can influence those who conduct and fund research. The survey was voluntary, anonymous, confidential, and securely housed on the Alberta Innovates server.

Stage 2: Literature review (complete)

The literature review involved sorting all the data from the survey and putting it into themes. Topics that have been researched were removed, and the remaining themes were used to create questions, and then prioritized into the following top 11 list of depression research questions:

<Alberta's Top 11 Depression Research Priorities

Alberta’s Top 11 Depression Research Priorities (click to download).

For more information:

Ping Mason-Lai, BA, MA
Associate Director, Patient Engagement Platform

Lorraine J. Breault, PhD, R. Psych.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta

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